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BART Expands Bike Access Program

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers stand on the platform as a train pulls into a station. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers stand on the platform as a train pulls into a station. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A weeklong test program allowing bicycles on all trains on BART starts Monday.

The pilot program is the second test expansion of bicycle access to BART this year. In August, bicycles were allowed on all trains at all stations every Friday.

Currently, bikes are banned from all trains during commute hours, a policy that has been the subject of protest from bicycle commuters for years.

The pilot program, which will run March 18th through the 22nd, will still prohibit bikes in the front three cars of all trains during commute hours, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bikes are prohibited from the first car at all times for safety reasons, officials said.

If the second pilot is deemed a success, BART staff will return to the board with a proposal for permanent changes to bike policy.

BART is also working to reconfigure cars to allow more space for bikes, strollers, luggage and wheelchairs. Reconfigurations should be complete by June this year. Efforts are also underway to expand bike parking and lockers.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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